Arlington Million FREE PPs and Analysis

The 33rd running of the Arlington Million takes place Saturday at Arlington Park. Every year, the Million attracts some of the world’s best turf horses, competing in multiple stakes on the card.

In addition to the Grade I, $1,000,000 Arlington Million, the stellar card includes: the Grade I, $700,000 Beverly D. Stakes for fillies and mares; the Grade I, $450,000 Secretariat for three-year-olds; and the $350,000 American St. Leger for top distance runners, travelling 1 and 11/16 miles on the turf course.

This year’s festival includes three guaranteed pools, a $100,000 Guaranteed Pick 5, the $150,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 Guaranteed Festival Pick 3.
Check out the FREE PPs and Analysis for Saturday’s Arlington Million below.

FREE Brisnet PPs for the Arlington Million

Arlington Million Selections courtesy of Brisnet Daily Selections

10th AP 1 1/4m (Turf) Grade I 3yo and up, Purse: $1,000,000. 6:48/( 5:48)/ 4:48/ 3:48
$2 Win/place/show / $1 Daily Double (10-11) / $1 Exacta / $0.50 Trifecta.,$0.10 Superfecta / $0.20 Jackpot High-5(15% takeout)
#   Horse ML   Comments
3   Bookrunner 15/1   Is one of TODAY’S BEST BETS!

Lightly raced son of Tiznow has won two of five outings on grass in France and comes off a third place finish in a Grade Three at Maisons-Laffitte over a mile in early July when outpaced late after having every chance in his second outing of the year. Four-year-old was thought enough of to contest the English 2,000 Guineas last year having finished a very close fourth behind the top class miler Charm Spirit in his previous outing. French based trainer Mikel Delzangles has had much success shipping around the world with one of his biggest overseas wins coming in the 2011 Melbourne Cup with Dunaden. Bay is out of a mare by 2000 Million hero Chester House and should appreciate the step up in distance and has shown his best form on firm ground. Colt, who will get Lasix for the first time, has tactical speed and may get first run on the closers and score an upset with top French rider Gerald Mosse here to ride.

4   Big Blue Kitten 3/1   Son of excellent turf sire Kitten’s Joy has won twelve of his twenty five outings on grass and comes off a win from off the pace over eleven furlongs in the Grade One United Nations at Monmouth when gaining revenge on stablemate Slumber who was a touch lucky to defeat him in the Manhattan Stakes at Belmont two back. Making just his third start of the year seven-year-old, who is just one of two Grade/Group One winners in the field, will be coming in fresh here for excellent turf trainer Chad Brown who won this two years ago with Real Solution. Regular rider Joe Bravo is no stranger to big race turf success and with stablemate Shining Copper ensuring a solid pace bay, who drew a perfect post, can be charging late.
6   Legendary 15/1   Gelding has not been seen since finishing a close third in the Manhattan Stakes in early June when passed late by rivals Slumber and Big Blue Kitten after leading in the stretch in his best career perfomance. Son of Exceed and Excel has a record of 16-4-2-2 lifetime on grass and has won two of his three outings at this distance. With tactical speed, six-year-old can be in good early position stalking the early leaders under Sheldon Russell who has plenty of experience riding at Arlington and who was aboard the bay when he won the Grade Three Knickerbocker at Belmont last fall. Legendary appears to have been prepped with this race in mind for a while by trainer Niall Saville and can be a leading contender.
11   Maverick Wave 8/1   Son of Elusive Quality has done much of his recent racing on all-weather surfaces in England but has won two of six lifetime starts on grass and comes off a career best performance when leading from the start to win the Group Three Huxley Stakes on the tight left hand turf course at Chester in early May. That win on the American style course will stand him in good stead here and, while the second place finisher had his limitations exposed in his next outing in the Group One Prince of Wales Stakes at Ascot, the third place finisher franked the form some by winning a Group Three in Ireland next out. Four-year-old must be respected having excellent connections of the trainer Gosden and jockey Buick combination that teamed up to win the 2010 Million with Debussey and more improvement makes him a serious threat.
2   Slumber 7/2   Stablemate of Big Blue Kitten defeated that one when winning the Grade One Manhattan Stakes two back at Belmont but was no match when second to the top selection in the United Nations. For a long while son of Cacique was not able to realize the potential he showed when first arriving in America but appears to be reaching his best form at the age of seven for trainer Brown who excels with his turf runners. Bay, who will also benefit from a solid early tempo, will be closing late with Irad Ortiz remaining in the saddle a plus and a five pound weight shift in his favor off his last meeting with his stable companion may make it close.
10   Triple Threat 6/1   Son of Monsun comes in off a narrow win from off the pace in the Grade Two Monmouth Stakes over nine furlongs in early June when making his first North American start for trainer Bill Mott who saddled Paradise Creek to win this event in 1994. Five-year-old’s best performance in France came when easily winning the Group Three Prix Eugene Adam at Maisons-Laffitte as a three-year-old after which his form tailed off. While his Monmouth win came against easier competition it showed signs of fulfilling the promise shown earlier in his career. Dark bay has reportedly been training well since his last outing and can be a factor from off the pace with Jose Lezcano remaining aboard.